Established technology for mobile data transfer mobile Internet is now quite widespread, at the time, about 300 million people worldwide use UMTS, in Europe, Italy is the country with the largest spread. UMTS (“universal mobile telecommunications system”) is a now established technology for mobile data transfer. With UMTS you can send multiple streams at the same time and receive, that means it works like on ISDN, you can for example at the same time calls and email. There are now different UMTS tariffs, including flat rates. So, you can use mobile flat rates, or notebook flat rates. This is postpaid and prepaid, or day Flatrate foist again between payment methods. You can choose it according to the purpose: call by call rates, Internet flat rates, email flatrates, music flat rates, and discount rates. Who often communicates with people outside of Germany should pay attention also to the foreign tariffs.
Mobile operators have now introduced a plethora of tariffs, whereby many different names are circulating, which differ only in details. These details can be found in the fine print and are not often confusingly worded. It is important therefore to compare, and as platforms in the Internet are offered, making such comparisons automatically. Following including UMTS tariffs offered by companies: 1 and 1, O2, uva Mobook, Vodafone, T-Mobile and base. The UMTS licences were auctioned off at various companies in the year 2000. At the beginning of marketing proceeded only slowly, because it was too expensive for the end customer, and many had a poor reception. Also companies among consumers, in 2003. It is commercially available in Germany since 2004 and now there are also corresponding mobile phones in sufficient quantities. Meanwhile UMTS has become better.